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About Baffled Bear Books

I am Mark, Guardian of Mawson Bear. Mawson sits on Bed-Top Hill. Between naps he ponders about Baffling Things. After deep ponders, most things remain for him as completly baffling as they were before. But they do seem friendlier, somehow. If you, too, are baffled by, well, Things, his little books of ponders could be just right for you.

Listening: A Guide for Bears

Fellow Baffled Ones,

Everybody needs a listener sometimes.

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It’s grand to be trusted to be the listen-ee,

Umm the hearing-er-er,
Bother, the umm, friend who will listen.

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Sometimes a friend won’t even know where to start.
You can be a good listener then just by waiting.

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If you don’t know what to say to them, there’s no need.
To comfort most, be lost for words.

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While you’re listening,
the grandest bear in all their world
is you.

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Being who your friend can talk to
is mostly all a friend wants in the end.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic. A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

Frilly: Nervous Explorer, Doubtful Heroine

Fellow Baffled Ones,  soon your Writer-Bear (that’s Me!) will have more than One book in the wide, bright world. I expect it will be book Number … ummm … some sort of number … tricky things, numbers are … Just a moment please ..

[Mawson’s Guardian, whispers: Your “second” book, Mawson. That means its “Number Two”.

Mawson: Too? Is that what a Too is? Well I never.]

Mawson: So, this Too Book has Frilly in it. And here is Frilly.

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 Our Frilly ran away from Love. That’s what our Too book is going to be called: “She Ran Away from Love, by Mawson Bear“.

Frilly: I couldn’t help it, Mawson.

Mawson: But it was Love, Frilly.  Love is Good.

Frilly: But it shone so brightly!  I was scared

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What does Frilly do next? Well, it really is most interesting because  ..

[Guardian: Mawson, Mawson, Shhhhh. That’s what the book is about!]

Mawson: So … errr ..  I shouldn’t say it here?

[Guardian: Best not, Mawson. Not yet.]

Mawson: Oh. Well, umm, Frilly’s book – and I’m in it Too – what a funny number that is – anyway , Frilly’s book is mostly about what happens after She Ran Away .

What would happen to YOU if you ran away from Love?

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And don’t forget Mawson’s One book, I mean his First Book, a grand present for yourself , and for everyone you know who appreciates Stuffing. It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is already out in the wide world.

‘This book made me smile. This book made my heart sing.’ Pauline Dewberry of thedailymews.com

‘Heartwarming and poignant’. Jack Magnus of Readers Favourite.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  and, soon, She Ran Away From Love are from Odyssey Books.  Ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a  huggable friend.  Bears LOVE bookshops. Umm … You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.  Funny things aren’t they, Numbers.

OR you can plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com .

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Meet Mawson’s Cousin, Sir Peregrine Flaxton-Pauncefoot

Fellow Baffled Ones, Meet my esteemed cousin, Sir Peregrine Flaxton-Pauncefoot  (“Do call me Perry, old chaps”).

These days Sir Peregrine, umm, Perry,  resides in Queensland, Australia, lolling among cushions, accepting cuddles, pondering about dapper bow ties, perusing literature and sampling certain particular types of grape juice.

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Sir Peregrine Flaxton-Pauncefoot reads It’s A Bright World

When Perry first arrived in this country, though, he had a distressing time. He was plonked down in one place after another until he actually ended up in a Seconds Shop. Yes! The fate dreaded by all teddy bears fear happened to him- he had been Marked Down!!

Well of course our guardians rescued him right away. They sent him off to learn gentle-bear-ing from a wise gentleman and Perry was at last Appreciated.

Here he is enjoying my very own Opus! He felt so pleased with the ending that he fell asleep. Napping is of course the privilege of gentle-bears everywhere.

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My Splendid Career As A Bear About Town

Dear fellow Baffled Ones,

There may have been no ME, once.
No Mawson at all, fancy that!
Then, one day I found myself sort of There. Yes, There I Was!

I was sitting .. hmm .. Where was it now? In a shop, that’s where.

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I heard a cry well up from deep down in my stuffing.
“Take me Home”, cried that cry, “Take me Home”.
And some one heard. And did.

When I was quite sure I had a home, I Went Out.
So began my splendid career as a Bear About Town.

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I was much sought after.
Best Bear at weddings, dancing partner, picnics, parties, restaurants, chauffeurs .. the best of everything. Oh, they were grand days.

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I dashed about admiring the wide, bright world.
I was a lucky bear and got to doze at nice places.

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Sadly, fellow baffled ones, there seems to always be that word, “but”.
There was a price to pay. It was (gulp) the Distressing Episode of the Washing Machine. And after that, this bear considered it wise, very wise, to stay Indoors among cushions.

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“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

Whoosh Control is Ready to Whirl

Fellow Baffled Ones,

As every one knows, it takes the bravest of the brave to get an annual wash.  Our Scotland the Brave here demonstrates his own procedure. We do not recommend this for fellow Baffled Ones at home.

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Ready for whoosh-off.

Me, Mawson: Wash Control to Scotty: You don’t have to do this. Grubby bears get loved too!
Scotland, Whoosh-A-Naut: Some one has to show the way, Mawson.

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Me: Oh no! More whoosh-a-nauts. If only they emerge with the same stuffing they went in with.

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Me, Mawson: Yes, friends, this is embarrassing too. But I don’t like the whoosh machine. At least this tub stays still. And its hand wash only for Me.

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‘Great book, well written and extremely engaging. Bonus it is all about bears!!!!
Marvellous !!!!!!!’  Reviewer Navaron on Amazon.

 

 

 

Mawson Bear’s bright world of friends

‘Jamaica, Bhutan, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Nepal, Canada, Belgium?’
Umm, Yes. Here they are.
‘Scotland, Japan, Russia, France, Korea, Iceland, Norway?’
Oh, indeed, yes.
‘Brazil, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Georgia, New Zealand?’
Let’s see .. Those too.
‘Kazakstan, Kenya, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, Finland?’
All of them yes. Keep going, Mawson.
‘Umm Bearistan, Hippoland, Dragons Vale, The Ocean, Lilpondia …’.
What, Mawson, Ocean? Lilypondia?’
“They’re where our Shark and Octopii and Dolphin and Frog friends live.’
Oh yes. Ah, they are here too.
‘Umm.. Mexico, USA, South Africa …’
Mawson and friends look for the many places where their Inter-Plush friends live.

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Mawson, one of this bright world’s very few published writer-bears, and his Baffled Bunch bring you picture books suitable for all ages and for every shape and stuffing. They live in Perth, Ostraylia, errr, Australia.

My first book is called It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In from Odyssey Books.

‘Great book, well written and extremely engaging. Bonus it is all about bears!!!!
Marvellous !!!!!!!’  Reviewer Navaron on Amazon.

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Nana Scrappy, by Ryan Cochrane

“Life was good, Nana Scrappy was thinking to herself as she poured another cup of herbal tea.”

Mawson’s Guardian Mark says:

With her lovely house, her careful routines, and her beautiful garden cared for by Eugene O’Squirrel, Nana’s life is indeed good. She is even going to be awarded for her superb home grown cabbages. The unexpected visit by her muddy pawed granddog Barry couldn’t possibly upset it all. Could it?

But it does. Understanding breaks down between the young dog who loves burgers and his loving Nana who only wants him to eat the best food for puppies ‘designed by scientists.’ Barry disappears. Nana must join forces with all the O’Squirrels, Harold the archaeologist and a huge guineapig with bad burps to find the youngster. Will they be in time? Will Sparfield the guineapig eat all the furniture? And what about the prize for cabbages?

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Scruffy, Blizzard the Husky, Mawson and Gustav getting worried about missing Barry

As I read this delightful story about friends helping one another, I wanted to be young again so as to be able to read it with a child’s eyes. Or have a child at hand to read it to. I could almost hear the places where we would stop and exclaim at moments in the story and point to the illustrations (by Jessica McCarthy) . We would exclaim at different things, I’m sure, every time we read it, and there are many postive messages.

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If you like dogs, squirrels, guineapigs, burgers, and visits to Nanas you will enjoy reading this tale. (You don’t necessarily have to like cabbages.) And it’s only the first. There will be more.

Nana Scrappy is published by Olympia Books and is entirely suitable for young dogs, bears, guineapigs, squirrels, and all who love them.

Where to find it: Amazon, Olympia Books, Book Depository, and AbeBooks.com.

AbeBooks. Thousands of booksellers - millions of books.
 

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Writer Bears aren’t afraid to ask for help

Dear fellow Baffled Ones,

While creating She Ran Away From Love, by Me, we bears discovered that to make a book just right, there must be lots of pondering, writing, editing and (shudder) revision.

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Frilly and Mawson Bear’s helper team keep learning about all it takes to make a book.

It was all so much that I keep falling into naps. But my helpers kept at it. They stopped sometimes to learn more about the things you have to do to take a book out to the wide bright world.

They made Important Phone Calls on the Important Green Phone. They fixed the cameras so as to make the pictures. They found out  what to do on the Bright-World-For-Bears-Web-Net.   It’s all so they can help me by telling everyone about ‘She Ran Away From Love. Because you have to do a lot of Stuff even though what you really want to do is to send little book of ponders with pictures in it out for everybody.

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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is already out in the wide world. ‘This book made me smile. This book made my heart sing.’ Pauline Dewberry of thedailymews.com. ‘Heartwarming and poignant’. Jack Magnus of Readers Favourite.

You can  plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Story Board Conference for ‘She Ran Away From Love’

Hello fellow Baffled Ones,

Director Scotland the Brave called a Conference. All the Pictures to be in my coming book got pondered about. Again. All the Words that go with the Pictures were talked about. Again. This is called (shudder) Revison and (gulp) Editing.

Frilly listened intently because she is the star.

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I already did much pondering for the Words and hopefully they are just right. But friends can sometimes see ways to better-rer. Err, make them better. The Words, not the friends. I don’t want to change my friends. They are already just right.

It’s altogether a deal of bother to make a book. There are the words. The naps. There are the pages. The covers. The naps. The conferences. More naps. Pots of coffee. Pots of honey … And now it’s all done! And you can also see the  the Words Frilly will say in She Ran Away From Love.

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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is already out in the wide world. You can  plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place..

“It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted, soul-searching teddy bear is here to help.” Cheryl Pasquier of Madhouse Family reviews.

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Readers Favourite 5 stars for: It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, by Mawson, is a book for children of all ages written by Mawson Bear, who is otherwise known as Mark O’Dwyer.

A bear’s world is bright and shiny, and filled with infinite possibility, but sometimes waiting for that special someone to share the world with can be hard. Bears know that their someone is out there and on the way, and they can feel those hugs even before the awaited one is in sight. Bears love unreservedly and don’t seek to change their loved ones. And then they do the hardest thing of all, which is to watch those loved ones grow up and go out to explore their own expanding worlds, leaving their bears behind. But they do come back…usually, and share those adventures. And then, there’s the art of being oneself, of penning the perfect poem to celebrate me instead of us, which certain bears can do so well. And always the chance of being discovered once again.

Mawson Bear’s heartwarming and poignant book for children of all ages, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, will captivate anyone who’s shared a secret with their teddy bear or felt the comforting warmth of that furry presence in the bed on long dark nights. Mawson’s story is lyrical and compelling, and the illustrations which accompany the text are brilliant. Each image is cunningly composed and photographed to showcase the artist Bear in the best possible light and reveal both his personality and depth of emotion.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, by Mawson (available here) is most highly recommended. Five stars. This review has been copied from the Readers Favourite website.

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Where to find it:  You can  plonk your paw here to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

Mawson’s next book is called ‘She Ran Away From Love’, and will be ready to be in your paws in 2019.

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Behind the Wardrobe. The making of She Ran Away From Love, by Mawson

Fellow Baffled Ones,
‘Wardrobe’ took a long time to finish ward-robing Frilly to get her ready for the photos in She Ran Away From Love. They looked at hats. They looked at clothes. They looked at bags. They looked at Props. Then they got out brushes and potions.

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Here she is with Tartan Scarf and Bonnet, bears of the Wardrobe, or is it bears of the Makeup? Frilly is being Wardrobed. Or being Made Up. It’s all very baffling because Frilly is already herself and she doesn’t need to be made up. (And she would rather not be put in a wardrobe. Unless its the Narnia one). But ‘Wardrobe’ kept on fussing. It seems you need the patience of a bear to be a star in photos. Anyway, it was just as well because the Tech Bears made an awful muddle out of fixing their cameras.

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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is the first book by Me, Mawson. It would be grand if you could ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a huggable friend. We bears love bookshops. You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

A meditation on the nature of love, missing, grieving, solace and healing. Thoughts on Bright World by Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree and A Perfect Square.

Where to find it:  You can plonk your paw here to order it through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Frilly’s fashionable hats in She Ran Away From Love

Fellow Baffled Ones,  I’ve asked Director Scotland the Brave, and it seems ‘Bears of the Wardrobe’ does not mean my fellow bears have wandered into Narnia. ‘Wardrobe’ is the job Scarf Bear and Bonnet are doing. They are dressing up Frilly for her scenes in She Ran Away From Love. Now they are deciding about hats.

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Scarf and Bonnet help Frilly with her hats and wardrobe for the book

I wrote hats into my book for Filly to wear but forgot to say what kind of hats because I’m not really a hat kind of bear (though I do fancy a nice bow tie). And we all know that if you are going to wear a hat then you need just the right hat.  So ‘Wardrobe’ are ward-robing away today with all sorts of hats. Frilly liked them so much she did not choose only one. You can see the ones she chose when you look at the book.

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Where to find It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, also by Me, Mawson:  You can plonk your paw here to order it through Book Depository  with free shipping all over the world. Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Script, Cameras, Action .. umm, Action?

Hello Fellow Baffled Ones,

There is a NEW book by Me, Mawson Bear. It’s called, She Ran Away From Love. It’s about a Quest and .. Well, you can see hints here.

It takes all sorts of fuss (between naps) to make a book. Much pondering was pondered by Me, Mawson, about The Words. Then we needed Pictures because it is a Picture Book For Grownups And Everybody. And the Tech Bears then came along with their cameras to make pictures.

The cameras aren’t working. Sigh

The camera bears are fixing the cameras.  Possibly.

Directors Chair 10 Props 2692But that was not the only delay. Frilly was ages with Tartan Scarf and Bonnet, bears of the Wardrobe.  Here you see them now choosing the Props to use in the photos when the photos get taken by the cameras that the camera bears are fixing (possibly). When you read the book you can see most of the props that are shown here. I wonder if you will spot them all.

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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  at Amazon and everywhere too. Or, ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a  huggable friend.  For all of your huggable friends. Bears LOVE bookshops. And friends. Umm … You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

OR you can  plonk your paw here on Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also  Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com .

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Behind the scenes of She Ran Away From Love

Fellow Baffled Ones, here are pictures grom when we made She Ran Away From Love.

Our Tech Bears, Professor Bree and helper Elliot Bear are having bothers with their cameras. They are looking at them a lot. They are taking bits out. They are putting bits back. But they are not taking photos.

So the making of the photos of the Behind-The-Scenes pictures of the scenes that are In The Scenes of the pages my new book .. umm .. where am I? Well, making scenes of all sorts has stopped.

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Director Scotland the Brave chats with star Frilly while the Tech Bears check their cameras

Scotland the Brave is our Director. You can tell he’s the director because he got hold of the chair that says ‘Directors Chair’.

Scotland found it very hard to Direct while all the photo-making bears were taking the photo-making things apart and not making photos. Even though he had the chair. So he talked to our Star, Frilly, instead. What about Me, Mawson Bea. I’m also in She Ran Away From Love. I sit on a lot of the pages. But Frilly is the star. That’s why the Director Bear is talking to her. Directors like to talk to the Stars.

The first book by Me, Mawson, is called It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In from Odyssey Books. Why not ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a huggable friend. Bears LOVE bookshops. Umm … You may need this enormous number: ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0. OR you can plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the bright world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com.

And She Ran Away From Love can be found at Amazon and everywhere.

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